When Jennifer Nicholas and Patrick McBride met in the third grade, it was the first chapter in a story with a happy ending. Although their paths separated during middle school, they continued to run into each other as young adults. Then, in 2007, they met up at a happy hour with old friends—and their friendship blossomed into love. “Our history has been there since we were eight years old,” says Jennifer. “As Patrick’s mom says, ‘I always thought he should date the girl from up the street.’”
Jennifer, an insurance agency owner, and Patrick, a human resources trainer, married on October 3, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church in their hometown of Dover, joined by more than 200 guests including Patrick’s three children, the couple’s 13 nieces and nephews, and other spirited youngsters.
The event was punctuated with an eye-popping palette of raspberry, pink, coral, and orange. Maids were radiant in bright raspberry dresses, and kids wore assorted styles of silk-dupioni dresses in coral with cream sashes, hand-sewn by three of Jennifer’s sisters. In fact, all four sisters got into the act. One, a makeup artist for Saks Fifth Avenue, contributed professional services, while another, a floral designer from Boston, trucked fresh flowers to New Jersey and assembled table arrangements in Jennifer’s mom’s garage. Meanwhile, another family member, the bride’s English bulldog, Oscar, wore a festive bowtie and sat on church steps as “official wedding greeter.”
The reception was hosted at Crossed Keys Inn in Andover. “The event was especially successful because we offered something for everyone—dining and dancing under our permanent tent, chatting around the fire pit, and exploring the two-hundred-year-old property. There’s always a magical, tranquil feeling in the air here,” says Katherine Rodriguez, Crossed Keys owner and wedding coordinator.
Brilliant bouquets of roses, dahlias, calla lilies, and orchids complemented the garden-style party that included pink and orange globe lanterns. After a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres stations and a sushi chef, an entrée of pistachio-encrusted Chilean sea bass and filet mignon was served, followed by a polka-dot wedding cake with matching cupcakes and mango, raspberry, and cinnamon sorbets.
Jennifer’s best advice for executing a strong color theme? “Stay organized and focused,” she says. “I carried my raspberry and orange fabric swatches around with me for a whole year! Since I didn’t marry until I was 40, I knew exactly what I wanted—and all the extra details were noticed and appreciated by everyone.” After a honeymoon to Hawaii, the couple is at home in Randolph.